15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup

The fall weather is here! The windows open, watching movies, slow cooker going, and just relaxing while I work. The only other condition I would change is a bit of rain. My son even said to me “I am going for a walk and enjoy this beautiful day.” He went for a walk in the woods. He is my nature child. He is 19 and about as humble as anyone could be. Last night, I finally got him to try my 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup. I told him it’s a must over cornbread. He actually liked my beans! He is not a bean eater.

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About as close to beans as he gets is a bean burrito on very rare occasion. It was an honor to make his mouth tingle with something new. He is just so mellow though. I wish I could have his inner peace. Though, on days like this when it’s pretty outside and you can write by cool air and a good movie like Pompeii on the big screen it gives me a sense of inner peace.

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The aroma of the soup slow cooking only allows me to be more in tune with that foodie side of me. I am planning plenty of meals at the moment. I don’t know which to start with first. I have the mother load of sugar pumpkins. They are decorating my counter tops at the moment. It looks as if fall rained down in my kitchen. It’s plastered with pumpkins, spooky cupcakes, and candy galore.

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This 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup allows me to put this all in the slow cooker extremely fast. Then I get to move on to other goodies without slaving over dinner. That’s the idea behind the slow cooker but flavor is a big detail too. Most slow cooker meals I try don’t have that OMG I want to eat tons of this flavor. I think that is why I want to share a few of my slow cooker recipes with you. Less ingredients and packed with massive flavor. That’s what makes this dish not only delicious but completely budget friendly.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup
Serves 5
Made with onions, 15 beans, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, bacon and spices.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag 15 beans soup (remove seasoning packet)
  2. 4 strips of bacon; sliced into quarters
  3. 1 small white onion; sliced into rounds
  4. 6 cloves of garlic; diced
  5. 1/3 bundle of cilantro
  6. 1 jalapeno; deseeded and chopped
  7. 1/2 tablespoon salt
  8. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  11. 1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  12. Water
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, add in washed beans and bacon. Top with onions, garlic, and jalapeno. Add cilantro.
  2. Top with water almost to brim of the slow cooker. Add in salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Put on high until it starts to boil. Turn to low and cook overnight for 8 hours. Put to warm until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This soup goes perfect over cornbread.
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Tex Mex Pasta Skillet

Did I ever mention how much I love my Lodge skillet? It’s the easiest way for me to fry up meat or bake cornbread. I just love making quick skillet dinners in it too. The meat cooks evenly and fast. In this Texas humidity recipes can get very unruly fairly fast. The skillet heat equally and allows for a good even cooking even when you are dealing with horrible humidity. This is a simple skillet dinner called Tex Mex Pasta Skillet that I make on weeknight when I just don’t have the time to stand in the kitchen for a long period of time.

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet by Mooshu Jenne  Savory pasta topped with chili and rotel.

We all have those days. Whether it is running the kids, or in my case teenagers, to school and back. High tailing the other ones to work. Or even the plenty of football games and competitions. In fact, we tend to eat out often during this season and we all have said how much we have missed those home cooked meals. In two nights, we put this little Tex Mex Pasta Skillet and a 15 bean soup that is headed to the blog also.

Tex Mex Pasta Skillet by Mooshu Jenne Savory pasta topped with chili and rotel.

It takes minimal ingredients so it’s easy for your teenager to be able to make on their own. It’s also completely budget friendly. It’s loaded with flavor but doesn’t come from using your entire spice cabinet to get there. You can control the level of heat too by which style of Rotel you buy. I usually get the medium heat and then add some fresh cracked pepper. I like spicy foods though! I also top my with a bunch of yummy cheese. Some times sharp cheddar cheese or sometimes a good colby jack cheese. Below is a quick video showing how I put this together so quick and easy. The skillet cuts my meat cooking time down by at least 10 minutes.

 

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Tex Mex Pasta Skillet
Serves 6
Chili and rotel mixed with ground beef, onions, and garlic topped over garden rotini pasta.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 -10 oz can Rotel
  2. 1 - 15 oz can Wolf Chili
  3. 1/2 pound ground beef
  4. 1 lb bag garden rotini pasta
  5. 1 white onion; diced
  6. 4 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon cracker black pepper
  10. cheese for topping; optional
Instructions
  1. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (or skillet), pour one tablespoon olive oil, add onions and garlic. Saute on medium heat. Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Place pasta in water and cook as directed on the package.
  4. Add in one can of Rotel and one can of Wolf Chili No Beans. Cook on low for 5 minutes. Once pasta is done, drain pasta, and add it to the skillet. Mix well.
  5. You can top with cheese, spring onions, or sour cream.
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Sweet and Spicy Ramen

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This is the time of year that my two oldest are working and my daughter seems to spend most of her time at school or in after school activities. I don’t go out to lunch as often as I use to. I’ve been wanting to find ways to have an inexpensive and healthy option for lunch for myself and for them when they do get to eat with me.

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With Fall fast approaching I crave soup! It’s this Oh MY Gosh that is all I want. This Sweet and Spicy Ramen is perfect for rainy days. It doesn’t take long to make with toppings that are customized to your favorite vegetables or meat if you desire. We also sprinkled this over fruit for some delicious healthy snacks. Monk Fruit In The Raw is tasty for being a calorie free sweetener. 

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Sweet and Spicy Ramen
Serves 1
Ramen topped with a sweet chili sauce, red onions, and hard boiled egg.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package ramen
  2. 1 egg
  3. 3 slices red onion
  4. 1 tablespoon Monk Fruit In The Raw
  5. 2 tablespoons chili sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil egg in hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and place in cold bowl of water.
  2. Add ramen to hot water and cook for three minutes. Place ramen into the bowl and top with egg and sliced onion.
  3. In a small ramekin, mix in chili sauce with a tablespoon of Monk Fruit In The Raw. Top over ramen and serve.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

With school back in session I know many of you are looking for easy recipes to make between work and after school activities. I know I am! Pulling out my arsenal of recipes especially those recipes for the slower cooker. With the daughter in color guard and my work load getting heavier slow cooker or crockpot, depending on what you call it, dinners help make for a bit more time in the evenings. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup is quite simple to put together and full of flavor. 

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Infused with white wine and rosemary this soup doesn’t taste like your normal chicken noodle soup. The aroma is perfectly intoxicating. It’s also budget friendly which is great after all that back to school shopping and school supplies. We all know every dime and dollar counts at that time of year. 

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I plop it all into a slow cooker/ crock pot with plenty of garlic and ginger. This slow cooker chicken noodle soup makes the entire house smell amazing! As you can see I just add the carrots in halves and don’t chop them up. The reason is that they don’t get nearly as mushy when you slow cook them whole. All you have to do is scoop them back out and mash them with a fork then drop them back in. I do the same thing with the celery too! Also, the noodles are made on the side. I’m just not a fan of crock pot noodles. They seems to have an odd texture depending on how each slow cooker cooks. 

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I just cook them on the side quickly in a pasta pot. Strain them and add them to each bowl. It’s great because if you have someone eating with you that is gluten free you can leave out the noodles in their bowl. I hope this soup will help you get back into the daily routine. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
Serves 6
Slow cooked chicken, carrots, celery, and spices to make a delicious chicken noodle soup.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 carrots; end cut, halved
  2. 3 ribs of celery; ends cut, halved
  3. 8 to 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  4. 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger; peeled and chopped
  5. 3 stocks fresh rosemary
  6. 4 cloves of fresh garlic; minced
  7. 32 oz plus 2 cups all natural free range (gluten free) chicken broth
  8. 2 cups white wine
  9. 1 teaspoon Mediterranean salt
  10. 2 teaspoons salt; to taste
  11. 2 teaspoons peppercorn medley; to taste
  12. 2 cups egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large slow cooker, add in carrot halves, celery halves, boneless and skinless chicken thighs. Turn to high heat. Add in minced garlic, rosemary, and chopped ginger. Top with 32 ounces of chicken broth and one cup of white wine. Add Mediterranean salt. Cook for 6 hours on high.
  2. Stir pot well. Remove carrots and celery; careful not to burn yourself. Place on cutting board and smash with fork. Return smashed carrots and celery to the pot. Add in two cups broth and one cup white wine. Add salt and pepper to taste and cook for another 2 hours.
  3. 20 minutes until the soup is ready cook 2 cups of eggs noodles in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Once tender remove and serve in soup.
Notes
  1. For gluten free please leave out the egg noodles or find gluten free noodles.
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Easy Peasy Shepherd’s Pie

Today is my daughter’s first performance. It’s pretty exciting for her and myself. I cannot wait to see her out there on the field. It’s football season here which is the hype of Texas. I don’t buy into it much. I do now because she is a part of it. Do you have a teen in sports or color guard?

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If you do then you know what I mean when I say dinner can be a hassle. Trying to cook in between school, practices, and events is virtually impossible at times. That’s why I love this recipe for Easy Peasy Shepherd’s Pie. It’s not a slower cooker meal which most favor at this time of year but the prep is simple and it can be refrigerated for baking at a later time. However, I like to cook it in one whack.

Easy Peasy Shepherd's Pie - Mooshu Jenne

Most of the time I will let the other half boil the potatoes while I run to get her from practice. Then I come back and make the meat and toss it all together. This dish comes together super easy! Plus, it will feed a mountain of people. It usually feeds us while leaving me some for lunch the next day. 

Easy Peasy Shepherd's Pie - Mooshu Jenne

 This is not a traditional recipe just a break off of the real deal. It cuts time down but it is still rich in flavor. Easy to serve up running in the door late night or running out on a early night dinner. I hope you all enjoy this simple dish at the end of the back to school week. At least it’s a three day weekend! Happy Labor Day! Now off I go to see her and leave you with a recipe. 

Easy Peasy Shepherd's Pie
Serves 6
Ground beef mixed with corn and gravy topped with boil potatoes and cheese.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 potatoes; peeled and diced
  2. 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  3. 1 package brown gravy mix
  4. 2 cans of corn
  5. 1 onion; diced
  6. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, add in diced onion, minced garlic and olive oil. Bring to a medium heat and saute for about 1 minute. Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
  2. Meanwhile, place cubed potatoes in a pot of water with one teaspoon salt. Boil for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Once ground beef is browned toss in the two drained cans of corn. Stir in the corn and add the gravy packet to the mixture. Stir well. The gravy will thicken around the beef. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer ground beef into a baking dish. Layer potatoes over the meat. Top with three cups of cheese. Broil on high for 3 to 5 minutes. Pull from oven and serve.
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Czech Goulash – Cesky Gulas

The aroma of this dish alone is intoxicating! It is probably one of top number one meals to have as back to school commences. On a quiet day with all the teenagers gone, working or away at school,  I can put on dinner in advance and just let it slow cook on the stove. I need to write a recipe for this goulash for a method by slow cooker. For now I will continue the stove top method. 

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Cesky Gulas also know as Czech Goulash is basically a simple Hungarian goulash. It is one of the many goulash recipes Czech people have. I am hoping to get a chance to share many different goulash recipes with you as we proceed into the Fall and Winter. One of my recent favorites other than the Cesky Gulas is the Segedínský Guláš which is a pork instead of beef cooked with sauerkraut. It’s not a sour dish like one would think. The pork is tender with a vibrant but mild taste that pairs well with a beer (pivo).  I hope to learn how to make this dish when my soon to be mother in law makes it for my birthday. I would much rather have her cooking then go to a restaurant!

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Cesky Gulas is generally paired with houskové knedlíky and a pivo (beer).  The houskové knedlíky are bread dumplings made from stale french bread, milk, Wondra, eggs, and baking powder than boiled and sliced to serve. They are wonderful! When we make these the entire family goes wild over them. You must have a good beer with it too. Something stout or with a stinky flavor like Shiner or Pilsner Urquell. 

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Time after time making this dish to photograph it’s been impossible. The family usually eats it all even the hidden dishes of it that I set aside. This time I made three times the recipe to be sure that I would have leftovers to share with you. Oh! It’s also better on the second day once the flavors set into the meat overnight. This is a dinner with lunch the next day type of dish. Here is the recipe for the goulash. Soon I will share the recipe for the dumplings if you all are interested. Let me know below!

Czech Goulash – Cesky Gulas
Serves 6
Traditional Czech goulash made with paprika, onions, and beef.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  3. 3 lbs stewed beef in 1/2 inch cubes
  4. 4 to 6 tablespoons Hungarian paprika (fresh is best)
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 3 tablespoons Wondra flour
  8. Water to cover
  9. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Warm the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Add the beef and allow it to brown on the outside.
  2. Add paprika and stir till meat is covered. Add Wondra flour and tomato paste just until the juice is soaked up then add water to cover meat with some extra. Make sure to mix the flour in well to remove all lumps.
  3. Add in salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about two hours. The sauce will gradually thicken and meat will become tender and fall apart. Once the sauce is thick and meat is tender it is ready to serve.
Notes
  1. Serve with noodles, dumplings (boiled bread), or Spätzle. To make gluten free use cornstarch instead of flour for the thickening agent. Can also be served with rice.
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The Hunger Heroes is all about action. It’s about turning families into superheroes, and tapping into the incredible power of giving. This is our story of our incredible power or giving. Every year we do several things to help out children in our local community. Twice a year, my kids go through their clothing and we find a family that is in need. We pass along the clothing. It’s easy to take to a donation drop or to a thrift store but we like to see if those in need, need it first. We like to see first hand that people are receiving what they need. It helps us to know their future needs.

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A few times a year I go through my pantry. I like to stock up on non perishables. You never know when a zombie apocalypse will happen(according to my daughter). For me it’s a natural disaster. My pantry always ends up overloaded. Instead of throwing out perfectly good food, I first offer it to friends with children that don’t earn much, and after them I try to donate it to a local food bank. Food is the number 1 item no one should every go without; especially a child. You can help fight hunger with #HungerHeroes 

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Something we started last year was wheb weather turns cold and the holidays are upon us we try to gather bread, meats, and other items to make lunch snacks and we pass them out on the streets where we see the homeless. Left over candy canes are a great for passing out too! Stores toss them away and it’s sad because someone could eat it. Don’t throw out food as long as it is safe for eating pass it along to someone in need.

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When I do have a chance to help shop for a family in need it is nice to shop at Sam’s Club. They have larger packs of food and it helps to feed over a longer period of time. Sam’s club had a demo for Tyson nuggets so you can taste test them before buying. The next demo dates of August 23 and 24 at all Sam’s Clubs. Go check them out!

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Splash Party Beef Fajitas

Before school starts and the summer is almost over I wanted to share with you a few poolside #SplashParty recipes. Something you can eat by the pool, lake or beach. 

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For my Splash party I had some quality time with V’s parents before they leave to Italy and Switzerland for a month. I would love to trade places with them. One day I will have the chance to go. In the meantime, I really hope they have a wonderful trip. What a beautiful place to visit Italy is. 

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We grilled up some beef fajitas that we picked up at a local Mexican market. They are pre-seasoned and simple to throw on the grill. We bought some fresh tortillas and paired it with grilled vegetables, cojita cheese, and sour cream. They take less then 10 minutes on the grill. It’s the perfect poolside meal. 

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If you have leftovers all you have to do is make a quesadilla out of the meat and tortillas. Don’t forget to pair it with a good beer or margarita (if your of age). This will help the meal be even more delightful.

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Fresh salsa like this Pick Your Own Heat Salsa is a good topping along with guacamole, fresh lime, cilantro. 

Beef Fajitas
Serves 5
Spicy pre-seasoned fajitas that are great by poolside.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4lbs Beef Fajita meat
  2. 1 red onion; sliced into rounds
  3. 2 bell peppers; sliced into strips
  4. 2 dozen fresh tortillas
  5. 1 block of cojita cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice red onion into rounds. Separate onion into half. Put half of the onion in one bowl. Slice bell peppers into strips and place in the bowl with half of the onion.
  3. In a grilling skillet, vegetable bowl or on foil, grill vegetables until tender. Set aside covered. Place meat onto hot grill and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes and flip. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Test a piece to make sure it is cooked but do not over cook as it will become tough.
  4. Pull off grill and slice on a cutting board. Serve with cojita cheese, sour cream, fresh onion and cooked vegetables.
Notes
  1. You may also serve with salsa, guacamole, fresh lime and cilantro.
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Watermelon Raspberry Granita – Dish Up Love

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Jell-o Beach Cups – Momma Lew

Watermelon Sorbet – Thrifty Jinxy

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No Fry Firecracker Chicken

One of my sons’ friends is totally gluten free. In our house, that is something new because we eat whatever we please. When I know he is coming over I try to plan for it. He isn’t gluten free by choice; he is because of the severe headaches it causes him. This is a recent recipe we made when he visited. No Fry Firecracker Chicken comes with a simple sauce made from ingredients you should already have on hand in your fridge door.

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I paired it with rice and spring onions for a summer feel. It’s almost like take out for them. They were having a TV series marathon of Supernatural. One show we all enjoy around here. I am the only one about two episodes behind on season 9. Season 10 will be the end coming this Fall. Oh so sad!

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This meal can easily be made in half the time without the frying so you don’t have to break from the TV series marathon for long. I like to make this in my stir fry pot. It’s on the spicy side with the ability to control the heat in this dish. Just add more hot sauce or less to when making this dish. 

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The only thing I need now is some take out boxes for our next picnic. This is good hot and cold. Just have to eat it the same day though!  Luckily, this was a hit with all of the boys and the daughter. It’s similar to my bourbon chicken which I cook without frying also even though my recipe here shows it fried. I just skip the frying step.  That reminds me I need to do some red beans and rice this week. Sounds so darn good! I always crave Cajun in the summer. What do you crave?

No Fry Firecracker Chicken
Serves 7
Spicy bite size pieces of chicken topped with a sauce that explodes in your mouth like a firecracker.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts; 1/2 inch cubes
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic; diced
  4. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/3 cup ketchup
  7. 3 tablespoons Chili sauce with red pepper
  8. 2 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  11. 1 stalk green spring onion; diced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet or stir fry pan, add in olive oil and garlic. Cook over low heat about 30 seconds. Add in diced chicken. Cook chicken on high heat until lightly brown on outside.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar, Louisiana hot sauce, and chili sauce. Toss chicken in sauce well. Fold in brown sugar over chicken with sauce mixture. Let cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Add in ketchup, salt and pepper. Stir chicken well and cook another 20 minutes on a low heat. Stir occasionally. The sauce will start to thicken. Once the sauce is thick turn off heat and serve with rice and spring onions.
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Sour Straw Popsicles

If there is one thing in our home that everyone will devour it has to be sour straws. It’s like this radar detector that goes off and they all come to the vicinity that I have them in.  I can buy a bucket of them but with in a week they are absolutely gone. Oh and if I got at least one I am lucky. 

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Two evenings ago my other half, V, picked some sour straws up for this recipe Sour Straw Popsicles. I honest thought there is no way they are going to last the night. Funny enough I was the one that devoured the most of them and yes some were actually left over. We managed to hide them for the teens and eat some ourselves while watching The Haunting.  The other half and I like spooky shows. I am not quite sure if it is because he is interested in them or likes to make fun of the people. His answer is when it’s really scary just drink beer and ignore it. Psst… He’s Czech. Not all of us think drinking beer will get rid of the ghosts. 

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I managed to slip the sour straws away from him and put them aside for these popsicles. A few months ago I picked up a Zoku classic popsicle mold. After trying a ton of other molds I love how easy they come out of the Zoku molds. I hear there is some others out there that work just as well and have cute designs. If you know of some put it in the comments below because I would love to check them out.

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Moving on to the popsicles I finally had the chance to use the mold and make some popsicles. These sour straw popsicles are so sour that it will make your entire face pucker and that’s a good thing!

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Gosh! Look at it just run down her hand. Sticky! These were so much fun but I would use the sour straws over the sour straw bites next time.  The sour bites became a bit mushy but super hyped up the flavor of the popsicles. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

They are super sour and melt fast!

Sour Straw Popsicles
Serves 6
Kool aid popsicle with sour straw bites frozen within them.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons of Kool Aid
  2. 18 to 22 pieces of Sour Straws cut up or Sour Straw Bites
  3. Water
  4. Popsicle mold
Instructions
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of Kool Aid with water. Fill mold with 3 pieces of candy and top with Kool Aid. This is the break down for each mold. If you want them to be more sour then add more Kool Aid and more bites. Freeze for about two hours or until frozen solid.
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